Maine Coast Artist Gallery, 10 Harbor Road in the village, will host an art exhibit that highlights the process of painting via the works of Ron Frontin and his students. The public is invited to an artists opening reception Friday, Aug. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Camden-born Ron Frontin is a renowned contemporary Maine artist who paints in the Renaissance tradition. In 2009, he invited a class of students for a two-year commitment of training. Now, nearly five years later, he continues to teach an ever-growing group of fortunate students.

This show will showcase the process of the education that Frontin guides his students through, beginning with charcoal drawing studies of bricks, still life tonal studies, color studies, grisaille under-paintings and on to painting in oil. The show will include class demonstrations by Frontin, as well as some of his finished paintings; along with the class-work, drawings and paintings by the students, with their finished paintings alongside the actual still life materials that they have been working from.

Frontin is offering a workshop in conjunction with the show Saturday, Aug. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m., that will include a series of demonstrations including charcoal drawing and composing, grisaille under-painting and tonal study and a full-color oil painting. Registration fee for this workshop is $50 and preregistration is suggested, as space is limited.

Artist and arts educator Kat Logan, owner of the gallery, also is one of Frontin's students. Her hope with this show is that viewers will see the progression of learning, as well as the artistic outcomes of her fellow classmates, thus inspiring arts education.

The show will be on display until Aug. 29. Maine Coast Artist Gallery is open Fridays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, call 226-7446 or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or